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Friday, December 07, 2012

Am I slow?
Just figured out, after 2 years on SP, if you put food into groups and enter those groups into your food tracker, you earn fewer points then if you enter those same foods separately.
It is easier to enter the foods as a group, but if you need a few extra points for the day it maybe better to enter those foods individually.

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MIATIA1 12/14/2012 9:33AM

    I plan whole meals and make them a food group breakfast lunch and dinner and have now got a pretty good file of meals to go to so tracking is now a cinch and there is always some little extra touch of something I add that can be listed for extra points....

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 12/14/2012 5:57AM

    I would not worry about a few more or less points! Do what is most convenient for you and what will...

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KANDOLAKER 12/10/2012 8:39AM

    Didn't realize that the calorie totals change as a group! Thanks for the info!!

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RUN4FOOD 12/8/2012 5:59PM

    Guess I try to do things the easy way. I use groups a lot. It is a lot quicker, but I'm probably not as accurate as all of you.

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MOBYCARP 12/8/2012 4:52PM

    I noticed that about a week after I joined. I still use one grouping regularly, but I manually enter individual foods for the most part. It really doesn't matter, as long as you make 15 entries per day. Since I tend to enter ingredients rather than whole foods, I don't come close to losing Spark Points for using my lonely only food group.

What I've found more convenient is to kind of build a group on the fly. I start with my favorites, search for what I need (e.g., "oats" will bring up steel cut oats), check that, do another search, check that, and I can end up entering 5 or 6 foods at once; they just aren't pre-grouped. And the tracker counts them as individual foods for Spark Points.

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GREENGENES 12/7/2012 11:35PM

    I hadn't noticed that but I've never considered grouping foods either.

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HEALTHIERKEN 12/7/2012 8:34PM

    Did not notice that! I'll have to watch more closely. Thanks for the heads-up :)

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PARKERB2 12/7/2012 7:44PM

    I've never done a food group.

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The Rock of Habits

Sunday, August 14, 2011

If you are not meeting all of your goals, maybe this will help you gain a new perspective.

If you are drowning (not meeting your goals) and someone is trying to pull you out of the water (help you), what rock (habit, belief, fear, etc.) are you holding onto that will not allow you to succeed?

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FROSTIERACES 8/15/2011 9:32PM

    It's a lot about perspective isn't it. Have you ever seen "What the Bleep do you know?"'s amazing. Your blog reminded me of that.

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EDWINA172 8/14/2011 7:56PM

    Wow. This is deep. Thanks for posting. Saw your comment on the How have I grown thread. I am a runner also. You're right, they are some of the best people. Have a great week.

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Flat Lining

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

At the doctor's office for regular checkup. Nurse tries to take EKG reading. First try, no reading. Second try, no reading and she tells me I'm flat lining. Third try, no reading and she tells me it must be my low pulse rate. Fourth try, gets a good reading and all looks good on the heart. Guess all of my running has some positive effect on my pulse rate.

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FROSTIERACES 8/15/2011 9:48PM

    Oh wow...
Yeah us runner's have healthy low pulse rates. When I've had surgery the anesthesiologist asks if I'm an athlete...and I'm of course modest, yet say...I love to run and have done a couple races! and they're like..."A runner...yep we knew it!"

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RUN4FOOD 8/10/2011 8:33PM

    It was more like a malfunction of their equipment. The machine had trouble picking up my pulse since my heart rate was so low. I knew I was fine and it was an equipment problem.

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HEALTHIERKEN 8/10/2011 12:05PM

    Similar experience here. After my ecg, the nurse said, "Your heart rate is quite low. Are you having any symptoms?" When I assured her I was not, she conceded that I am very fit. Gotta love this new level of health and fitness. Yay, SparkPeople!!!!

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FROSTIERACES 8/10/2011 9:14AM're kidding right?! At least you were in a good place for that to happen!

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BRIANDOYLE 8/10/2011 8:22AM

    That must be an interesting experience! Flat lining while talking to the nurse! Very Cool! emoticon

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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

One of the doctors at our last running seminar said:
If you are generally healthy now you have a choice. You can sit around and do nothing and suffer from an illness or you can exercise and suffer from an occasional injury.
I'll take the occasional injury.

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FROSTIERACES 8/2/2011 4:59PM

    My thougths are the same...have to keep moving or the other things, especially illness will catch up with you anyway!

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BRIANDOYLE 8/2/2011 8:33AM

    I saw your blog post and was concerned something happened! Glad to see that that is not the case but I appreciate risking the injury verses knowing you will get ill! Have a blessed day!

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Houston Fit

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Finished my second week of training for a winter marathon. Met some very nice people in this group. I've run with this group before and most of the people at my slow pace are young and female. It seems the bantering back and forth never stops. I have to admit I add quite a bit to the mix. That is something good. It really helps make the runs more enjoyable and the time to go by very quickly.
One challenge I have is remembering to drink and to eat. When I run on my own I am very disciplined about eating and drinking at specific times and specific amounts. When I run with a group I often forget what I am to do when and in the past have paid for it with a lack of energy on longer runs. This is one area I really need to focus on more.
I find running alone for hours is great fun, but running for hours with a group is even better because I get to make friends and I always learn so much about life through the experience of others. I normally listen much more than I talk. Since I run with mostly young women some of the conversations get very interesting.
People I ran with two years ago are still great friends. That to me is the amazing side of running. Runners really do make the best friends and people to always be cherished.
I'm really looking forward to this season of running and seeing if there truly is one more marathon left in this body.

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FROSTIERACES 8/2/2011 5:03PM

    Of course there's one more marathon in you!! I know it because running is in your heart. :) You really enjoy it...since the first time I came across your page I could tell you really love running. I come and go with it. I've been battling burn out and stress. It's motivating to come to a real runner's blog and I just have to get doing what you're doing! Thanks for sharing!!

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